A December message from Chris & the team
As we near the end of 2020, I’d like to say a massive thanks to our customers in what has been a tough year in many ways for all of us. And, if you’re not yet a customer, thanks for joining us!
We’re now thinking about Christmas and New Year, even though we know that it won’t be the same as normal due to the pandemic.
We really hope that you are able to enjoy the season. Despite all the changes this year has seen, there has been one constant comfort for us – being able to enjoy the natural world.
I’m raising a glass to all of you – to the people and gardens that keep us smiling.
Best wishes for a safe and happy festive season!
Chris & all the Bushy team
The bells of Christmas
As well as adding colour to a trellis, fence or wall, the bell-shaped flowers of the climbing plant Clematis cirrhosa – ‘Jingle Bells’ – (aka ‘Old Man’s Beard’) will create a fragrant winter floral display.
Star o’ Butser Hill
Butser Hill in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, provides glorious views for walkers by day but at night it offers star-studded skies. Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site it’s a great place to stargaze. Download an app to help you identify winter constellations. Ooh, I’m coming over all shepherds and 3 wise men! Details and best times to visit here.
Light up the season
Notcutts’ Garden Centres have some cheery Christmas decorations, including this 3-piece set of pre-lit, multicoloured pyramids. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, to get everyone in the festive mood. Take your pick here.
Deck the halls, naturally
If you’re wondering how your house is going to be festive-ready when you can’t get to the shops so much, tick off the decorations list by creating natural wreaths and garlands from your surroundings. Fir, pine cones, holly, ivy, rosehip and red berries will combine to make a handsome display.
Savour a winter picnic
The days may be chilly but there’s nothing like a bracing walk at a favourite spot with a stop for some hearty, warming soup. How about this recipe for chestnut, roasted butternut squash and Bramley apple soup from the Hairy Bikers?
National Champagne Day is, of course, 31st December to help with the New Year celebrations. And, if ever we needed to welcome in the new year with a drink, this is it! Make it extra special by adding cherry for a Kirsch Royale – here’s a recipe from Delicious Magazine.
Until next time!
Looking ahead to 2021, we’ll be out and about with added gusto to make your gardens the perfect spaces you want them to be for rest, relaxation – or whatever you have in mind! In the meantime, may your days be merry and bright – and do contact us if we can help.